GATORADE FREE FLOW TOUR CROWNS 2012 CHAMPIONS
Finals Culminate at Snowbasin Resort with Two New Champions
Burr Ridge, Ill. – February 13, 2012 – With massive crowds cheering them on, the contestants at the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals took to the professional Winter Dew Tour courses in prospect of being crowned the 2012 Champion. Topping a competitive field of the nation's best freeski amateurs, the Slopestyle Finals saw Andy Partridge take the top spot, earning a prequalified spot in the 2012-13 Winter Dew Tour. Sunday saw down-to-the-wire superpipe contests as the snow began to fall on Utah, where Broby Leeds earned the win.
Friday afternoon, the freeskiers cleared the professionals from the slope course at Snowbasin as they went head to head and run for run for first place. Earning the win with an impressive run was Park City local Partridge. The youngest skier of the day was spot on with his 270 on the down-rail, frontside switch-up to backside 270 on the up-down rail, and 270 off the cannon rail, followed by a clean right 900 and big switch 1080.
"The course was really good," said Partridge, only fifteen years-old. "I'm stoked itw as on the Dew Tour course. It was a lot of fun. Competing on the Dew Tour is something I've been wanting to do for a while, and I'm really stoked that I get to do it now."
As the snow finally started to fall on the slopes of Snowbasin Sunday, the freeskiers took to the 614-foot long pipe last, proving to the supportive crowd that the show was not over. Leeds, a three-time Finalist, earned the victory with his nine hundred to alley-oop nine hundred, 720 tail to switch alley-oop 720, 540, right 540, and finished with a boosty 1080. Competing on the largest pipe in the world was no problem for the 18-year-old – "I added a couple hits, didn't have to add in anything new but worked on performing them better." With a pre-qualified spot in next season's Winter Dew Tour, Leeds said after his five-plus point win over second place, "I'm very excited! I have a lot to learn I think, but it should be lots of fun."
With their wins at the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, Partridge and Leeds will make their professional contest debut at the 2012-13 Winter Dew Tour, where they will compete against the biggest names in their sport.
Friday – Sunday, February 10-12, 2012
1. Andy Partridge, Park City, Utah 2. Samuel Viseur, Centennial, Colo. 3. Max Szekely, Red Wood City, Calif. 4. Ian Hamilton, Missoula, Mont. 5. Noah Wallace, Spokane, Wash.
1. Broby Leeds, Vail, Colo. 2. Hunter Visser, Canada 3. Hudson Knoll, Hood River, Ore. 4. Conor Garrecht-Connelly, Steamboat, Colo. 5. Logan Dobson, Canada
Encompassing the "Flow to Pro" theme that is the cornerstone of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the freeski superpipe and slopestyle Champions earned a spot to compete against the pros at the first stop of the 2012-13 Winter Dew Tour next season.
Gatorade Free Flow Tour
The Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the official amateur series of the Winter Dew Tour, holds competitions at resorts across the country throughout the month of January and February, providing a platform for amateur freeskiers and snowboarders to showcase their skills. The winter leg of the Tour consists of 8 regional events across the U.S., featuring freeskiing (superpipe and slopestyle) and snowboarding (superpipe and slopestyle). The winners of each regional event earn a trip to compete in the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals held in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour's Toyota Championship, Feb. 9-12, 2012 at Snowbasin Resort in Utah, and the overall Champions in the six disciplines automatically earn a spot to compete against the pros in the first stop of the 2012-13 Winter Dew Tour. Gatorade's partnership with the Free Flow Tour began in 2009, and its presence and commitment to uplift amateur freeskiers and snowboarders and provide an extended platform to grow action sports enabled the creation of the winter season of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour. Allisports.com will be the home of all digital content and Tour information. More information can be found at www.gatoradefreeflowtour.com
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